Via Flickering Myth, Dark Horse Comics have announced “The House of Lost Horizons: A Sarah Jewell Mystery,” a new, five-issue entry in the Hellboy Universe written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, with art by Leila del Duca. The book, colored by Michelle Madsen and lettered by Clem Robins, will star Sarah Jewell, an American occultist and contemporary of Sir Edward Grey, who was introduced in 2016’s “Rise of the Black Flame.”
The series will follow Sarah, and her associate Marie Therése LaFleur, during a weekend trip to a private island off the coast of Washington, when a series of murders begin. “Trapped by a storm and surrounded by myriad suspects who have gathered for an auction of occult items, the intrepid duo must unravel the supernatural mysteries surrounding the guests in the hopes of uncovering the murderer. But all the while bodies keep piling up, and at any moment Sarah or Marie Therése could be next…”
Roberson said in a statement, “When Mike Mignola and I first conceived of the character of Sarah Jewell, she was a young woman who would investigate supernatural mysteries alongside the Witchfinder Sir Edward Grey in the 1890s. But then we ended up introducing her first as an older woman in the 1920s, traveling the world with her companion Marie-Thérèse LaFleur in the pages of ‘Rise Of The Black Flame.’ Ever since then I’ve wanted to do a proper murder mystery featuring the older Sarah and Marie-Thérèse, inspired in large part by my love of Agatha Christie.”
He added he, Mignola and editor Katii O’Brien deemed Leila del Duca their top choice of artist, because “she would be perfect for capturing the period setting and the creepy weirdness that ensues.” Del Duca said, “I was hooked on this project as soon as Chris pitched me the premise at a convention a couple years ago. A supernatural murder mystery featuring a rad adventurer lady and her kick-ass colleague? I’m in! I’m also a massive Hellboy fan, so I was thrilled to be doing a story set in the Hellboy universe. Working with Chris, Mike, and the rest of the team was a great time and I hope everyone enjoys this moody, eerie tale.”
“The House of Lost Horizons” #1 will be released on May 12, 2021.